The School Bell
Williston Schools / September 2, 2022
A Message from the Williston Schools Leadership Team
by Greg Marino, Lead Principal
Welcome to the premier installment of the 2022-2023 School Bell e-newsletter! Though you are probably receiving this edition over the weekend, you can typically expect an edition of the School Bell each and every Friday afternoon. I encourage you to please take a few minutes to review “The Bell”, as we affectionately call it, each week as it contains helpful information about all aspects of our PreK - 8 learning community!
Let me start by saying thank you! Thank you parents and caregivers! Thank you students! Thank you faculty and staff! Thank you operations teams! Your presence and efforts have made possible the amazing start of this new school year. These first few days have been truly joyful. In fact, even before the first day the energy really shifted this past Tuesday when we opened the doors for Hopes and Dreams conferences. Just seeing parents / caregivers, and students in the building and in classrooms with their new teachers was such a breath of fresh air. I saw students literally skipping down the hallways, smiling ear to ear after seeing their room all set up and having the chance to share their hopes and dreams for the coming school year with their new teacher. Numerous teachers commented to me about what an important tradition these conferences are and how impactful they were this year in particular.
I think the image below captures this spirit of hopes and dreams; our ABS staff serving as the warmest of welcoming committees to our 1st and 2nd grade students as they arrived for the first day of school. I know that the mood was just as celebratory at WCS as 3rd -8th grade students rolled up and streamed into their beautiful school. The second image shows some WCS students greeting Duke, the Williston Police Comfort Dog, at WCS arrival on Friday. You will learn more about Duke in an upcoming edition.
Arrival, Dismissal, and Transportation, Oh My!
We want to thank you for your patience as we work out some of the typical start-up glitches with our arrival, dismissal and transportation routines. We are pleased to see that these are going smoother at both schools with the passing of each day. Please make sure that you are familiar with the arrival and dismissal procedures linked below if you plan to drop off or pick up your child at either school. We appreciate all you can do to follow these guidelines to ensure a safe and smooth transition in and out of school!
As mentioned above - our partnership is critical to the success of our common goals to help our students be safe, happy, and healthy people. As always, I am grateful for that partnership and for the chance to work in this wonderful community.
CVSD and Williston Priorities
“We are a learning community focused on growth and belonging for all.”
Over the summer the CVSD Leadership Team spent four days together with the goal of identifying priorities for the upcoming school year and crafting communication and imaging that portrays what we believe to be most important in our community right now. The image below is one result of that work. You will notice that at the center of the image is teaching and learning. We believe that quality effective classroom instruction is at the heart of helping students grow and learn. We also believe that this happens in the context of a community in which all individuals feel as if they belong and are connected with one another. We believe that in seeking to more deeply learn and understand the true story of each and every student we will open up new connections and doorways for learning and growing together. Over the coming weeks and months, faculty and staff will be working to explore strategies and opportunities to unlock those stories. In fact, this image and these priorities will be the north star for all of our efforts throughout the school year.
Welcome back from the Health Office!
The Health Offices at WCS and ABS are excited to welcome you and your students to the 2022/23 school year. We want to update you on our current COVID-19 protocols and share other non-COVID related information with you. Please click here to view the full letter including information about Lions Club Vision Screening, Dental screenings for K & 3rd grade, form updates and more.
Looking for Lunch & Recess Supervisors at WCS & ABS
Come and join our lunch and recess teams. Work with school staff to supervise and support students during lunch and recess times.
- 3 hours per day - up to 5 days/week
- $16 per hour
- no experience needed
- follows the school calendar
Families as Partners - FAP - Seeking Volunteers and Council Members
The Williston Schools Leadership Team and WS faculty and staff place an incredibly high value on the partnerships between our schools and our families. The collaborative tradition and history of the relationship between the Williston Schools and the Families as Partners (FAP) organization has led to increased learning opportunities, exciting and enriching experiences, and greater outcomes for our students, across all grade levels and teams. The school views this partnership as an essential one and is committed to nurturing and growing it into the future. This partnership serves the goals of providing engaging and relevant learning experience for all students as well as perpetuating the collaborative culture and spirit of our learning community. Our beloved FAP organization is restarting its engines next week at an open meeting on Thursday, Sept 8, 9 - 10:00 am in the Mansfield Art room at WCS. Please consider attending if you are able. Nominations and elections of new council members will take place. We hope to see you there.
Get Excited About CVSD’s Playing Fields event at CVU on September 6th!
The Flynn is excited to present a new community project called Playing Fields, a free multimedia event held at local schools. Playing Fields is a "welcome back" party after the summer months that also celebrates schools as community centers.
This project brings together music and public theater in an open field to create an exciting, communal atmosphere where students, teachers, staff, administrators, families, friends, neighbors, and anyone else in the community can join in the fun. This inaugural event features live music by the energetic world-music band Red Baraat and a simultaneous performance by the mysterious, luminous Birdmen, a large-scale street theater exhibition from the Dutch company Close-Act.
September 6 from 6:00-9:00 pm. at CVU
Resources to keep accessible:
- First Call - 488-7777: phone support, crisis intervention, assessment and referrals
- In Crisis: 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433) (National Hopeline Network: USA)
- National Suicide Prevention Life line- 1-800-273-TALK (8255), call or chat online
- Crisis Text Line - text HOME to 741741 (24 hours a day, seven days a week)
- Outright Vermont - support for LGBTQ+ community
- UVM Breathe In Breath Out - How to deal with stress due to COVID-19
- Vermont 211 -Vermont database of resources and services
- Vermont Support Line (833) 888-2557) - peer support warmline open 247 - 365 for call or text
- COVID Counselors @ VT-211
- Teen Crisis Text Line - Crisis Text Line provides free emotional support and information to teens in any type of crisis, including feeling suicidal. You can text with a trained specialist 24 hours a day. Text “HOME” to 741741.
- Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide - Website where you can find information to help yourself or a friend who may be having thoughts of suicide.
- Trevor Lifeline - 1-866- 488-7386 - provides suicide prevention and crisis intervention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) young people. It offers free, 24/7, confidential counseling. TrevorText—text START to 678-678; TrevorChat—instant messaging at TheTrevorProject.org/help. It also runs TrevorSpace, an affirming social networking site for LGBTQ youth at TrevorSpace.